Let conditions be the guide | PostIndependent.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Let conditions be the guide

Dear Editor,

Republicans favor local decision making. Gov. Bill Owens says all Colorado county commissioners should declare a fire ban right now.

Bureaucrats love rules, but they hate common sense. Garfield County emergency management director Guy Meyer wants an automatic fire ban every year – from Memorial Day to Labor Day. He bases this on the fact that “We’ve had a fire ban every year since 1990.” Maybe true, but not every year from Memorial Day to Labor Day. We’ve had fire bans when we needed them.

Do these guys think our county commissioners are incompetent? I don’t like wildfires any more than you do, but isn’t a ban a decision best left to the commissioners on a week-by-week, month-by-month, season-by-season basis? Based on local, not statewide conditions?

If we need a ban, fine, let’s have one. But just because the Front Range might be bone dry doesn’t necessarily mean we have a problem in Garfield County. And just because last summer was dry doesn’t mean this one will be, too.

Fire is serious stuff. If Guy Meyer wants to be pro-active in fire regulations, I recommend he look at subdivisions “nestled in the pinons.” Sometimes it’s oak brush. Check your local real estate listings.

Ed Colby

New Castle


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.
 

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User